By the Numbers: Religious Education Snap Shot
Happy Friday! It’s time for some numbers. This is the beginning of a series on Religious Education Enrollment. These are self-reporting numbers by UU congregations in the United States representing the number of children and youth enrolled in their religious education programs.
This week we’re looking the numbers reported in February 2015, a snap shot of this past year. “Who are we now?”
Our UU congregations are created by 180,617 adult members and 56,429 enrolled children and youth across the United States for a total of 237,046 UU people. 23.8% of our communities are children and youth.
I break down the congregations by 7 different sizes, because I primarily prepare analysis for Congregational Life. I’m a practitioner supporting the work of other practitioners. We recognize that each size category has special needs and characteristics.
Next week I will dig deeper into the size differences by region. This is where similarities and differences are teased out. And after that I’ll begin to shed light on growth trends of Religious Education Enrollment. Stay tuned…
Rev. Tandi Rogers loves numbers because they help us see ourselves more clearly and break down assumptions.